Tura, Jan 17: Cracking down on illegal coal laden trucks trying to transport without valid challans, a joint team from East Garo Hills administration has seized one coal laden truck from the Nengkhra area on the National Highway – 62 without any form of transport challans.
The crackdown comes in the wake of prohibition of illegal coal mining and transport in the state by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Supreme Court’s order.
East Garo Hills Deputy Commissioner, Swapnil Tembe, stated that a joint operation teams in the district has been formed to check illegal coal mining and transportation of extracted coal without proper transit challans.
“Yesterday we caught one of these trucks and the numbers are likely to increase as I await a report from the team that continues its work there. EGH does not have coal mines, so we believe the trucks were being loaded to send the coal back to SGH after the prohibition,” said the DC when contacted on the matter.
Further sources said that the Nengkhra area has quite a few number of rat-hole mines from which the coal was being extracted and continues to do so.
Meanwhile a huge number of coal laden trucks have been stuck for the past few days on the NH – 62 after the Supreme direction to immediately stop transport. The fate of the stuck trucks, now await the special leave petition filed by the state government to allow for transportation to continue till Jan 31.